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The Arkansas Food Bank is reporting that it distributed a record amount of food in 2013. The Food Bank’s warehouse tallied 20,915,960 pounds of food last year, about 4.5 millions pounds above 2012’s amount. Spokesman Tyler Lindsey said a group effort by all the Food Bank’s staff members led to a successful year in distributing products.

Much of Arkansas could see wintry weather over the coming weekend.

A cold front moved into the state, bringing much cooler temperatures on Wednesday. John Lewis, senior forecaster with the National Weather Service in Little Rock, says another cold front will move through Saturday.

“It looks like there’s a little bit more moisture with this one so maybe a little bit of light rain initially, changing to maybe a little bit of light snow and we’re looking mainly at the northern half of the state late Saturday night into Sunday morning,” Lewis said.

Jan. 4: The Magic Flute

Jan 2, 2014
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The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues Saturday, January 4, 2014 from noon-2 p.m. on KLRE with a live broadcast of the company’s holiday presentation, an abridged, English-language production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

Arkansas Voters May Decide Minimum Wage Increase

Jan 2, 2014

Organizers of an effort to raise the minimum wage in Arkansas are awaiting Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s decision on their proposed ballot measure.

The group, Give Arkansas A Raise Now, wants to increase the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour over a three-year-period. Stephen Copley oversees the campaigns efforts. He says growing economic inequality is a serious issue.

A hearing is scheduled in February regarding a properties associated with convicted evangelist Tony Alamo.

The Texarkana Gazette reported Thursday that U.S. Magistrate Barry Bryant set the hearing to consider claims by Alamo followers that they - not Alamo - own the properties that include houses in Fouke and Texarkana and a gym in Fouke.

Bryant has already ordered the auction of six properties to partially satisfy a $30 million judgment Alamo owes two men who a jury found were abused when they were children in Alamo's ministry.

Several new state laws passed by the Arkansas Legislature in 2013 went into effect Wednesday.

This New Year includes the introduction of some laws which provide tax breaks and phase in income and capital gains tax cuts . Act 1459 will gradually cut rates for all income tax brackets by one-tenth of one percent by 2015. It’s been estimated to reduce annual state revenue by $55 million by FY 2016.

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The year of 2013 was marked by cooler temperatures and normal amounts of  severe weather in Arkansas. That’s according to an annual report released by the National Weather Service. Although late snowfalls in the northwest, deadly flash flooding in the west, drought in the southeast and 34 tornadoes did enter the picture, Meteorologist John Lewis of the NWS says last year was relatively mild.

The chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party says Lt. Gov. Mark Darr is working to rebuild trust with the voters after admitting he was at fault in 11 campaign spending citations.

GOP Chairman Doyle Webb issued a statement Tuesday saying the party would call for Darr to leave office if he winds up facing criminal charges.

Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, is calling for Darr to leave office. Darr says through a spokeswoman that he has no intention of quitting.

A man charged in the death of an Arkansas police dispatcher has been released on bond from the Garland County Jail. Kevin Duck was freed Tuesday after posting $150,000 bond.

After a Monday hearing, a judge reduced Duck's bond from $250,000, though Duck had asked the amount to be lowered to $50,000. Little Rock television station KTHV reported that Duck was released.

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Arkansas' unusual approach to expand health insurance for low-income residents by using Medicaid money for private coverage is the top story of 2013, as voted on by Associated Press members.

Coming in second is the Mayflower oil spill, while the quest to end Arkansas' desegregation payments is third.

The already-heated Senate race between U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton is fourth, and Clarksville's plan to arm some schoolteachers came in fifth.